Lynx traps on the Kenai Peninsula can remain in place through February 15, after the Department of Fish & Game extended the January season.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said the season was set to expire at midnight tonight, but trappers have been given extra time to access their gear.
Wildlife Biologist Jeff Selinger said the lynx season in Game Management Units (GMUs) 7 and 15 follow the cycle of snowshoe hare populations (the main food source for lynx). This is the sixth and probably final year for this cycle, until hare populations rebound.
Selinger: “Generally, lynx trapping is allowed only in January during the last year of the cycle; however, open water on the Kenai Peninsula streams and lack of snow due to this January’s unseasonably warm temperatures limited many trappers from accessing traditional trapping lines. This extension applies to all state, federal, and private lands currently open to trapping on the Kenai Peninsula.”
Selinger said the 15-day extension will allow trappers who were unable to run their lines additional opportunity, will have little impact on the lynx population, and stays within the lynx harvest tracking strategy.